The city of Mt. Juliet opened Eagle Park on Saturday, a bike park designed to provide a safe place off public roads for parents to teach small children the rules of the road and safe cycling.
On hand for the ribbon cutting were city and state officials, including Mayor Ed Hagerty, Mt. Juliet Commissioner Art Giles, who represents the district in which the park will be used, and state Rep. Susan Lynn.
“The attendance and support for the ribbon cutting was impressive and appreciative,” said Giles. “The attendees were enthusiastic about the future opportunities for children to learn bicycle safety and impressed and grateful that a young man named John Forth had a vision for an Eagle Scout project to build the facility.”
Forth, a local Boy Scout, developed the park as his Eagle Scout project. The Mt. Juliet High School senior and member of Troop 150 worked tirelessly for months not only physically, but also in marketing and fundraising.
Forth developed a “Playground Donor Brick Campaign” in which interested donors could buy a brick for $100 and have it laser engraved with the donor’s name.
The 300-foot-long two-lane paved bike path near West Division Street and Fourth Avenue is on land donated by the city. It is the only park of its kind in Wilson County.
In March, Piedmont Gas donated $5,000 to the project. Veloteers Bicycle Club, a nonprofit organization that serves cyclists in Wilson and east Davidson counties, then gave $6,500 to the project.
Lynn spoke to Forth, as well as his entire troop, which was additionally instrumental in getting the park finished.
“Thank you for your commitment,” Lynn said. “Thank you for dedicating yourself to these young people.”
For more information on the park, visit mtjuliet-tn.gov or the park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MtJulietBicyclePlayground2016.